Sunday, November 16, 2008

Pumpkin Ale - Buffalo Bill's Brewery


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Price: $7.99 / 6-pack
Features: Pumpkin pie's drunken cousin, 4.9% Alc by Vol (?)
Found in: Beer aisle

"Pumpkin pie in a bottle" they say, more like pumpkin pie beer in a bottle I say. Yes, I know that sounds disgusting, but the combination does actually work. Brewed with roasted pumpkin, cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg, what really comes through to me are the spices. The pumpkin gives it a bit of sweetness and body, but isn't overwhelming. Don't be too afraid! Remember, all those world class Belgian beers have all kinds of spices and sweet things in them. Worth a try, and hey, if you don't like it, just stick it at the back of your fridge for 3 years like we have done with a lone bottle of Sea Dog pumpkin ale (which is terrible).

Apparently this stuff is brewed by the locals at Pyramid Brewery (who have a shiny website, but a gloomy stock outlook), on behalf of Buffalo Bill's, located in Hayward, CA.

This Pumpkin Ale once took second in a blind taste test we held with at least 3 other pumpkin offerings. It was trounced by the Elysian Brewing Company's Night Owl Pumpkin Ale, but anyone who has ever had the Night Owl, or the Elysian's brews in general, will know that they are tough to top!

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1 comment:

Sarah Ruth said...

Yum! Bought this for my folks for Thanksgiving